NTI Speakers Promote Passion, Nurturance
Keynote speakers at the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ in New Orleans, La., are set to deliver inspirational messages emphasizing personal issues.
Barbara De Angelis, an expert on relationships, will speak on “The Search for Passion” in her keynote address during the opening session on May 17. Rosita Perez, a former social worker and mental health administrator, will speak on “Nurturance for the Nurturers” at the closing session on May 20.
The NTI, which again features the Advanced Practice Institute,™ will begin with 16 full- and half-day preconference workshops on May 16. Among these preconferences is a special Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Prep Course.
In addition to the API, the conference content will be focused in 5 educational tracks—adult critical care, continuum of care, leadership, trauma care, and pediatric and neonatal care. The Critical Care Exposition (see related article, page 8), where more than 350 companies will exhibit the latest in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthcare products, publications, training materials, education, and career opportunities, is scheduled for May 18 through 20.
As many as 50 contact hours of continuing education credit can be earned by NTI participants who take advantage of all educational opportunities, though participants generally earn on average 25 contact hours.
De Angelis is a leader in the field of personal growth. Love, happiness, and the search for meaning are at the heart of the positive, motivational messages she delivers.
Her books How to Make Love All the Time, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, Are You the One for Me/Real Moments, and Real Moments for Lovers have sold more than 4 million copies and have been published in 20 languages. Her most recent books are Passion, Confidence, Ask Barbara, and Real Rules. In addition, De Angelis is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, and Family Circle.
For 2 years De Angelis was the relationship expert on CNN’s weekly “Newsnight” program. She has also hosted a daily television show on CBS and a radio talk show in Los Angeles, Calif. She has been a frequent guest on “Oprah,” “Donahue,” “Leeza,” and “Geraldo.”
Perez draws from her own experiences with multiple sclerosis in speaking about challenges, choices, and changes. She is known for her ability to move, inspire, and motivate others through her passion and love for life. Her heart-warming, playful style, which incorporates music, revitalizes her audiences.
The importance of self-care and having fun are promoted by Perez, who says that professionals such as nurses have a tendency to give everything to everyone and not enough to themselves. The result, she says, is a cycle of destructive mental health in which they can burn out instead of thrive and grow.
For more information about the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the 1999 NTI Web site. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register for the NTI is April 7, 1999.
Candidates Announced for FY2000 Board and Nominating Committee
Candidates for the FY2000 AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee have been announced. Ballots are being mailed to AACN members this month, along with additional information about the candidates. If you do not receive a ballot by March 21, 1999, call 800-899-AACN (2226).
Returned ballots must be received by noon on April 23, 1999.
Following are the FY2000 candidates:
(Vote for 1)
(Vote for 4)
|Denise Thornby, RN, MS|
|Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN|
Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN
Deborah Laughon, RN, MS, CCRN
Jessica Palmer, RN, MSN
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, MS, CCRN
(Vote for 3)
|Cathryn D. Boardman, RN, MSN, CCRN|
Phyllis A. Gordon, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
San Antonio, Tex.
Bonnie R. Sakallaris, RN, MSN, CCRN
Fairfax Station, Va.
Mary Lou Warren, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN
Returning AACN Board
The newly elected members of the AACN Board of Directors will take office July 1, 1999. They will join the following officers and board members who are returning to the board:
Anne Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN
Elizabeth M. Nolan, RN, MS, CS
Margaret Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Debra A. Byram, RN, MSN
Nancy L. Munro, RN, MN, CCRN
Pamela T. Rudisill, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP
Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN
Fay M. Wright, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP
Completing their terms on the AACN Board of Directors are President Mary G. McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Directors Thomas S. Ahrens, RN, DNS, CCRN, Mary D. Kracun, RN, PhD, CCRN, Cathy J. Thompson, RN, PhD, CCRN, and Stephanie L. Woods, RN, PhD, CCRN.
CEO Sanford Leaves AACN After 10 Years
AACN Chief Executive Officer Sarah J. Sanford, RN, MA, CNAA, FAAN, has announced that she will leave the association after more than 10 years. During her tenure, she guided the association into a new era of growth and strength.
Although she expressed mixed emotions about leaving AACN, Sanford said she believes the time is right for her to pursue a longtime dream in the form of a private business venture. She said she is proud of the accomplishments that
AACN has realized in the last decade, adding that she is confident and optimistic about the future as AACN embarks on a new era.
“My position at AACN has given me the opportunity to meet and work with outstanding people, who have helped to build a foundation of success for this association,” Sanford said. “I have always been incredibly proud of our team and thank everyone for a wonderful 10 years.”
AACN President Mary G. McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, praised the contributions Sanford has made to AACN since she was named executive director in 1988.
“Sarah has been a driving force among critical care nurses,” said McKinley. “Her vision has been an inspiration to all of us. She is respected not only within the nursing profession, but throughout healthcare.”
Sanford was promoted to CEO of AACN in 1991. She was also CEO of AACN Certification Corporation and the Foundation for Critical Care as well as executive vice president of The Innovision Group, AACN’s for-profit subsidiary.
A search committee has been formed to choose a successor to Sanford, McKinley said.
Sanford’s legacy to AACN encompasses a lengthy list of achievements including a marked increase in membership, net assets, and funding for research and scholarships, as well as a strengthening of AACN’s alliances with corporate partners. The Thunder Project, a major multifacility clinical research model, was created and implemented under Sanford’s leadership. The second study using this model is now being completed. Three national study groups worked under Sanford’s purview.
In addition, Sanford was instrumental in working with the AACN Board of Directors and the American Nurses Association to develop the Best Practice Network, which today is supported by some 30 multidisciplinary professional associations.
Prior to her executive position with AACN, Sanford helped to shape the direction of the association through a lengthy history of volunteerism including three years on the Board of Directors and as president in 1984.
Sanford is also widely recognized as a leader in the professional association world and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives Foundation. She was a pioneer in developing for-profit subsidiaries that helped to diversify revenue and support association activities.
Prize Choices Expanded in Member Recruitment Program
Prizes in AACN’s Member-Get-A-Member recruitment program have been expanded. Participants can now select from a menu of prizes by level.
Under the Member-Get-A-Member program, current members of AACN accumulate credit for each new member they recruit. The credit can be built by either an individual or a chapter. Prizes are awarded quarterly as specified levels are achieved.
Following are the prizes available, according to the number of members recruited:
5-9 new members—AACN baseball cap, AACN pen and pencil set, AACN Pocket Handbook of Critical Care Nursing, ABCs of the Internet, CCRN pen and pencil set, CERP keeper, Critical Pathways: A Cardiovascular Surgery Example, Designing Critical Pathways, Forgoing Life-Sustaining Therapy, Guidelines for the Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient, Life Support by S. Gordon, Sample CCRN Exam (adult, pediatric, or neonatal), Shock: A Clinical Syndrome (2nd ed.), or Writing a Successful Research Grant Proposal: A Beginner’s Guide
10-14 new members—AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, AACN Core Review for Critical Care Nursing, AACN-embroidered denim shirt, AACN Handbook for Critical Care Nursing, AACN monogram pin, CCRN lapel pin, Critical Care Nursing: A History, Managing Clinical Practice in Critical Care Nursing, Nurses Guide to the Internet, Reinventing Your Nursing Career: A Handbook for Success in the Age of Managed Care, Subacute Care: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, or Transitions in Healthcare (complete set of 5).
15-19 new members—AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing (5th ed.), AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care (3rd ed.), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Clinical Curriculum and Certification Review, Protocols for Practice (Hemodynamic Monitoring or Noninvasive Monitoring), or Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in Critical Care, OR 2 of the following: AACN baseball cap, AACN pen and pencil set, AACN Pocket Handbook of Critical Care Nursing, ABCs of the Internet, CCRN pen and pencil set, CERP keeper, Sample CCRN Exam (adult, pediatric, or neonatal), Designing Critical Pathways, Forgoing Life-Sustaining Therapy, Guidelines for the Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient, Shock: A Clinical Syndrome (2nd ed.), or Writing a Successful Research Grant Proposal: A Beginner’s Guide.
20-24 new members—AACN Clinical Reference for Critical Care Nursing (4th ed.), Protocols for Practice (Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient, or Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Physical Therapists and Nurses, OR 2 of the following: AACN baseball cap, AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, AACN Core Review for Critical Care Nursing, AACN-embroidered denim shirt, AACN Handbook for Critical Care Nursing, AACN monogram pin, AACN pen and pencil set, AACN Pocket Handbook of Critical Care Nursing, CCRN lapel pin, CCRN pen and pencil set, CERP keeper, Designing Critical Pathways, Forgoing Life-Sustaining Therapy, Guidelines for the Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient, Managing Clinical Practice in Critical Care Nursing, Subacute Care: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Transitions in Healthcare (complete set of 5), or Writing a Successful Research Grant Proposal: A Beginner’s Guide
25-29 new members—Adult CCRN Review Course (complete audiotape set), Critical Care Nursing of Infants and Children, or Nursing Bookman with Nursing97 Drug Handbook (hand-held electronic reference tool) OR 2 of the following: AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing (5th ed.), AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, AACN Core Review for Critical Care Nursing, AACN embroidered denim shirt, AACN Handbook for Critical Care Nursing, AACN monogram pin, AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care (3rd ed.), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Clinical Curriculum and Certification Review, CCRN lapel pin, Managing Clinical Practice in Critical Care Nursing, Protocols for Practice (Hemodynamic Monitoring or Noninvasive Monitoring), Reinventing Your Nursing Career: A Handbook for Success in the Age of Managed Care, Subacute Care: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in Critical Care, or Transitions in Healthcare (complete set of 5)
For recruiting 30 or more new members, additional prizes are available, including free registration to the National Teaching Institute™ for those who recruit 50 or more new members.
Member-Get-A-Member recruitment kits are available by calling (800) 899-AACN (2226).
Win NTI Registration, Airfare, and Hotel
Recruiting new members could earn you complimentary registration, airfare, and hotel for the 1999 National Teaching Institute,™ May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La. That is the prize the individual who recruits the most new members between March 1, 1999, and the early-bird NTI registration deadline of April 7, 1999, will receive.
The winner, who will be featured in the May 1999 issue of AACN News, will be notified by April 15, 1999.
For the new member recruitment to be counted, the “Referred By” line on the membership application must be completed.
New members who are recruited during this special contest will also count toward the accumulated points in the Member-Get-A-Member program.
For more information about this special recruitment contest, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the AACN Web site at
Membership Incentive Extended to June 30, 1999
You may have recently received a mailing or seen an AACN membership ad offering a free cardiac monitoring pocket reference card to members who renew their AACN membership. Due to its popularity, the offer has been extended to June 30, 1999.
If you have questions or want to sign up or renew your membership in AACN and receive this free informational tool, call (800) 899-AACN (2226). Supplies are limited!
AACN Annual Meeting
Please join the American Association
of Critical-Care Nurses National Leadership
for the Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 18, 1999
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, La.
Out 'n' About: President-Elect Candidate Selection on Busy Schedule
By Mary G. McKinley
The selection of a candidate for president-elect is a deliberate and serious process for the AACN Board of Directors, because we are choosing the potential future leader for AACN. Last November, we interviewed prospective candidates at a meeting in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Our deliberations focused on matching the candidates’ competencies with the needs of AACN, both now and in the future. Our decision was challenging, because all candidates were excellent. In the end, we chose Denise Thornby as the nominee for the position of president-elect.
During the holidays, I was home trying to catch up on Christmas cards, buying presents, and preparing all the trappings of a family holiday. Being at home with my family was refreshing and rejuvenating.
In the meantime, my hospital, like many institutions, was working to accommodate the demand for more monitored beds. The issue isn’t new, but a solution was becoming increasingly needed. So, I spent the next few weeks assisting in combining our progressive care unit, which is limited to 16 beds, with a medical-surgical unit. By using telemetry, we were able to increase the number of monitored beds.
Near the end of January, I met Anne Wojner, AACN president-elect, and Phyllis Reading, executive director of AACN, in San Francisco, Calif., for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) meeting. The theme was “Technology and Technique.” This meeting, which had a multidisciplinary focus, was well attended. Many AACN members were there, some working with physicians on multidisciplinary presentations. I was privileged to share the podium with SCCM President Phil Dellinger for a presentation on “The Human Impact of Future Technology.”
Four AACN members—Elizabeth Dale Aragon, Marilyn Hravnak, Susan D. Ruppert, and Carol Lynn Thompson—were recognized as new fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. In addition, SCCM Presidential Citations were given to AACN members Tom Ahrens, Carole Birdsall, Elaine Daily, Lynn Doering, Jan Headley, Patricia D. Hurn, Connie Jastremski, Barbara Ju, Therese Richmond, Nancy Szaflarski, Joan Vitello, and Ginger Wlody.
In addition, we met with the Advanced Nursing Practice Committee, chaired by AACN member Lynn Kelso, and with the Nursing section, chaired by AACN member John Clochesy, to review their plans and activities and to outline some of AACN’s future initiatives.
Anne, Phyllis, and I also met with the SCCM leadership team to discuss common issues and future collaborative projects including the possibility of combining some meetings in the future.
February brought some difficult news for our association, with the announcement that our chief executive officer, Sarah Sanford, would be leaving AACN to pursue other business opportunities. Sarah’s contributions to AACN have been phenomenal, and her efforts on behalf of the organization are greatly appreciated. She will be missed, and the board and I wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Because of this change in staff, I spent some time at the AACN National Office helping to develop a transitional leadership structure, identifying what a search process will entail and discussing what AACN needs in its future leadership to help us reach our vision.
With a board conference call, a Chapter Advisory Team conference call, and midyear calls with the Board of Directors on the agenda in February, March also promises to be busy. I have many chapter activities and hospital visits planned. Maybe I will see you this spring when I am out and about!
CE Article Available Online and Via Fax on Demand
A new CE article, titled “Emergency Treatment of Acute Arrhythmias: From the Field to the Critical Care Unit,” is now available both on AACN’s Web site and through Fax on Demand.
To read the article, call (800) AACN-FAX (222-6329) and request Document #1114 or visit the “Earn CEs” area of the AACN Web site at
Newborn Unit in Ohio Wins ICU Design Award
The newborn ICU at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, was winner of the ICU Design Award for 1998. The citation, which is intended to recognize designs that enhance the critical care environment for patients, families, and clinicians, was established by a joint committee of AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Health. The 1998 award was designated to go to a pediatric unit.
The winners receive $1500—$500 from each of the sponsoring organizations—as well as registration for one person to attend each of the organization’s annual meetings or conferences. In addition, a plaque is presented to display in the unit.
Submitting the award application for the newborn ICU at Children’s were Cindy Burger, RN, BSN; Jeffrey Pietz, MD; and Susan Williams, AIA.
Two other ICU entries received special mention. They are the pediatric ICU at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Babies & Children’s Hospital of New York, New York, N.Y. (submitted by Judy Peacock, RN; Howard Zucker, MD; and Robin Guenther, AIA); and the pediatric ICU at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn. (submitted by Karen M. Stewart, RN; Dawn S. Miller, MD; and Bernard J. Gehrki, AIA).
NTI Sponsorships Still Available
Sponsorships of some educational programs, special events, and conference mementos are still available for the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La. The sponsor’s name and corporate logo appear in the NTI Program and Proceedings; the NTI News conference daily and its electronic version, NTI News OnLine; and on the NTI Web site, as well as on items or signs at events.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call Randy Bauler at (949) 362-2050, ext. 366.
Which Member Benefits Interest You?
AACN continually reviews its member benefits package. Feedback from members on the types of benefits they would take advantage of is always helpful.
Please take a minute to check off potential benefits that interest you.
- Real Estate and Loan Rebate Program
- Auto Insurance
- Homeowner’s/Renter’s Insurance
- Vacation Discounts
Respond to Membership Specialist Tracey Kane, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2020; e-mail,
Public Policy Issues to be Addressed
Public policy topics that will be addressed at AACN’s 1999 National Teaching Institute,™ May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La., include “Getting Connected with Public Policy” and “Articulating the Value of Nursing.”
These presentations are designed to provide participants with an overview of how to use the Internet to find and analyze public policy information as well as strategies for actively promoting the value of critical care nursing to positively influence public perception.
AACN’s ongoing work related to public policy is strongly linked to the association’s mission and vision. This type of information is a powerful tool that can be used by critical care nurses to advocate for their patients and to promote the professional practice of nursing.
The Public Policy Booth in the AACN Resource Center will be a source of additional information on AACN’s public policy agenda. Participants can also share their views with national office staff and members of the Public Policy Advisory Team and Public Policy Work Group.
Evaluation Tools Useful to Planning
By Marcy Sagerian, RN, BSN, CCRN
Completing the program evaluation tool, which is distributed at AACN conferences including the upcoming National Teaching Institute™ in New Orleans, La., can have a significant impact on future plans.
When it met in fall 1998 in Washington, D.C., the Professional Development Think Tank used evaluation, demographic, and needs assessment information obtained at the 1998 NTI to identify trends and issues in education, programming, and international activities. Liz Miller, RN, BSN, the program development specialist accountable for planning and implementing NTI programs in collaboration with the NTI Work Group, was at the meeting to respond to questions.
The think tank also participated in a brainstorming session, where discussions focused on reasons why participants attend the NTI and strategies to increase participation. The think tank’s suggestions were shared with the NTI planning groups.
In addition to the NTI, the think tank members reviewed evaluation data and needs assessment information related to other AACN programs and educational resources. Barbara Mayer, RN, MSN, CCRN, director of professional development, guided think tank members on a “tour” of the AACN Web site. This site, located at www.aacn.org, is filled with information that can enhance professional development for critical care nurses.
The Professional Development Think Tank is chaired by Sheila Melander, RN, DSN, FCCM. Other members are John William Ambrose, RN, MSN, CCRN, Rebecca Aulbach, RN, MS, CCRN, Ruth J. Bryan, RN, MSN, CCRN, Loraine A. Brzozowski, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, CS, Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc, Stephanie L. Calcasola, RN, MSN, Susan Dukes, RN, MA, BS, CCRN, Cathy Headrick, RN, MS, Mary P. Kenny, RN, MA, MBA, CCRN, CNAA, Mary D. Kracun, RN, PhD, CCRN, Marcy Sagerian, RN, and Heidi Skovlund, RN, BSN.
If you have comments regarding educational programs or resources provided by AACN, share them with the national office staff at (800) 809-2273, ext. 342. Members of the Professional Development Think Tank will also be conducting educational sessions and seeking feedback from participants at the 1999 NTI, May 16 through 20 in New Orleans.
For more information about the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the NTI Web site.
April 9, 1999, Deadline to Apply for Vision Partners Scholarships
April 9, 1999, is the deadline to apply for Vision Partners scholarships to attend the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, scheduled for May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La.
The Vision Partners program connects an AACN member with a prospective member in a learning and networking partnership.
Each Vision Partners scholarship participant receives a scholarship to offset the expenses of attending the NTI. In addition, the partners who are not members of AACN receive a one-year AACN membership, entitling them to register for the NTI at the discounted, member rate.
The purpose of the program is two-fold. The partner who is an AACN member introduces the nonmember to AACN’s vision as well as to the benefits of AACN membership. The nonmember has a chance to share a different perspective in a range of areas that may include a cultural or ethnic viewpoint, the use of alternative medicine and therapies, another discipline altogether, or clinical practice in another country.
To obtain an application, call (800) 899-AACN (2226).
Celebrate Critical Care Month in May 1999
From tokens of appreciation and displays in hospitals to health fairs and open houses, National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month can be celebrated in many ways. The month will be observed in May 1999.
The annual celebration is designed to recognize nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of critically ill patients. Activities also emphasize the importance of patients and their families, hospitals, corporations, and communities.
“Healthcare from the Heart” is the theme of the 1999 observance, for which numerous products are available from the Foundation for Critical Care. All products are imprinted with the Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month logo. Many can be personalized with a hospital or chapter logo.
For more information about National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month or to request a product guide, call the Foundation at (800) 906-3366.